Today in History - May 8th. 1587 - Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy

Victor Amadeus I (in Italian: Vittorio Amedeo I di Savoia) was born on
May 8th. 1587 in Turin (now located in Italy).

Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy - Source picture: Wikipedia

He was the son of Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy and 
Catherine Micaela of Spain (daughter of King Philip I of Spain).

Victor Amadeus spent much of his childhood at the Spanish Royal Court
in Madrid.

In 1619 he married Christine Marie of France (sister of King Louis XIII of France).
The wedding took place at the Louvre in Paris. They had 7 children.

Christine Marie of France - Source picture: Wikipedia

Christine Marie of France had much influence at the court of Savoy.
She introduced the French lifestyle, culture and art.

Christine Marie lived at the Palazzo Madama, but she insisted to rebuild or
to renovate the palaces: Castello del Valentino and Royal Palace of Turin too. 

Victor Amadeus was also King titular of Cyprus and Jerusalem.

Victor Amadeus died on October 7th. 1637. 
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